March 14, 2013
People, Pooches Team Up To Fight Flab At Gym
Chicago (AP) Can’t get rid of that paunch?
A Chicago-area gym suggests working out with your pooch.
K9 Fit Club offers bow wow boot camps and other classes for people and their puppies to exercise together in Chicago and nearby Hinsdale, Ill.
The fitness center opened last year after founder Tricia Montgomery exercised with her dog and lost 130 pounds.
Montgomery says her late basset hound, named Louie, lost 22 percent of his body weight.
Fans of the gym say classes are beneficial to both man and man’s best friend.
Montgomery says dogs struggle with the same weight issues that people face.
Including heart problems and diabetes.
People who work out at K9 Fit Club say exercising with their dogs keeps them motivated.
Classes cost about $20.
Florida Company Rewards Workers With Beer Cart Friday
Port Orange, FL (AP) Employees at a Florida health care company are allowed to drink on the company’s tab, on company time, thanks to a perk known as “Beer Cart Fridays.”
Advance Medical CEO Jennifer Fuicelli told the Daytona Beach News-Journal she’s been rolling out the beer cart for two years as part of an “unorthodox corporate culture” that rewards employees for hard work.
She says the company began in 2005 with four employees and now has 350 workers in two locations, Port Orange, Fla., and Broomfield, Colo.
The company also hosts costume days for Halloween, barbecues on the clock and a birthday “get out of jail free” card, which can be used for a paid day off.
Employees are restricted to one beer, which Fuicelli says is a small price that “pays huge dividends.”
Nun Among Three Charged
With Illegal Voting
Cincinnati (AP) A southwest Ohio nun who voted on behalf of another nun who died before last year’s presidential election has been charged with illegal voting.
The Hamilton County prosecutor in Cincinnati said Monday that Sister Marguerite Kloos (kloos) was among three people charged with voting illegally.
Defense attorney Ralph Kohnen (KOH’-nihn) says Kloos was trying to fulfill the wishes of a friend who died before absentee ballots were mailed. He says she’ll plead guilty.
Prosecutors say a man faces the same count after he cast a ballot in November for his late wife.
A poll worker also has been charged with eight illegal-voting counts. Prosecutors say she’s charged with voting twice in November and voting for other people in various elections.
Ice Island Draws Looks In Northern Lower Peninsula
Readmond Township, MI (AP) An ice island that’s formed off Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula is attracting attention.
Outdoor enthusiast Josh Baker tells WPBN-TV he and his family came across the towering collection of ice blocks Sunday in Lake Michigan off Emmet County.
Good Hart General Store Owner Jim Sutherland says cold weather and wind combine to build ice into mountains and caves.
He says it’s been many years since he’s seen such a large ice island form in the area. It’s likely been growing for 6 to 8 weeks.
The ice island is the latest winter creation of Lake Michigan to draw looks.
Earlier this year, hundreds of ice balls and boulders piled up at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park. They were the size of beach balls or basketballs.
Bullied NY Man Summoned For Laughing Too Loudly
Rockville Centre, NY (AP) A New York man says he didn’t know it was a crime to laugh.
Robert Schiavelli of Rockville Centre, on Long Island, was slapped with two summonses for “disturbing the peace.”
Police responded to his home on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 after receiving complaints from his next-door neighbor that his loud laughs could be heard across the driveway.
The 42-year-old was charged with acting “in such a manner as to annoy, disturb, interfere with, obstruct, or be offensive to others.”
At his arraignment Tuesday, a judge declined to dismiss the charges. Schiavelli tells the New York Post his neighbor often taunts him due to his disability. He deals with it by laughing him off.
Schiavelli suffers from seizures and neurological impairments.
The neighbor didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Tubby Tabby Finds Home With Couple & Fellow Fat Cat
St. Charles, MO (AP) A St. Louis-area animal shelter has found a home for a 37-pound cat named Biscuit. It even found him a sympathetic shoulder to meow on.
Operators of the St. Charles County shelter say recent news coverage of the tubby tabby’s plight led to more than 100 adoption requests for him.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Biscuit will go to live with Ed and Lisa Pyatt next week. The Eureka couple adopted another fat cat, Max, several years ago, and Ed Pyatt says it’ll be good for Max to have a buddy.
Biscuit is roughly three times the weight of a normal adult cat and will have to stay on a strict diet. His previous caretakers had to give him up because they could no longer care for him.
In more fat cat news, an obese stray cat found wandering six months ago near Dallas has slimmed down to 34 pounds and been adopted by the veterinarian overseeing his care.
Dr. Brittney Barton said Friday that the orange tabby dubbed Skinny is doing well on a special diet to help lose weight and increase his metabolism.
Barton says she became attached to the onetime 41-pound cat she was treating at an animal orphanage and last month he became part of her family. Skinny joins Barton’s husband, three children, a dog and another cat at her home.
Barton says Skinny gets along great with the other animals, can jump up on a couch and runs to his food bag at feeding time. She says the house has long hallways that provide good exercise for Skinny.
Police Puzzle Over Seven
Rio De Janeiro (AP) Police in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo are baffled by a macabre puzzle: someone has been leaving gift-wrapped human skulls around town.
Investigator Paul Henry Bozon Verduraz described the case to the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper in a story published Thursday.
The first skull in cherry-red wrapping was found on February 20 in a planter near a residential building downtown.
Since then, seven others have been found near Mormon temples or consulates, including those for Russia, the Czech Republic and South Africa. The skulls are old, with traces of dirt.
Verduraz says security cameras captured images of a woman in an ankle-length skirt leaving the skulls, which seem old, with traces of dirt. He thinks this may be part of some sort of ritual.